Cayenne Pepper as a Hair Growth Aid

Cayenne pepper/capsicum is said to improve blood flow which is crucial to stimulating hair growth. This may be beneficial to people suffering from alopecia, excessive breakage or those with bald spots. Its red color is due to its high vitamin A content. 

How people use it…
Some people mix 1 tablespoon of cayenne pepper with 1 cup of EVOO to make a paste and massage into their scalp. They leave the paste in for a minimum of 20 to 30 minutes and then rinse. It is typically used 2-3 times per week.

The bad…
Many users complain that the mix burns and suggest using milk or conditioner to soothe the burning when rinsing. They also complain of sometimes seeing the pepper in their hair if they haven’t washed it thoroughly, but you can boil the pepper  and strain with a cheese cloth to prevent this issue.

If this seems remotely appealing to you, be careful and do a patch test.

Repost, Originally posted 2/7/08

  • debtfreeme

    I tried this a few years ago don't think it made much of a difference for me.

  • Brittany

    I had been doing this for quite sometime and it helped me reach one inch of ng my 1st month. after i got lazy and stopped doing it, i was reaching my 1/2 inch a month.

  • lovelymissyoli

    It burned my scalp like crazy. I even revisited it when I did my first henna in January and it still burned!

  • Nye

    I tried this..and maybe I'm slow but it burt my eyes like crazy…

  • Anonymous

    exactly how often are you suppose to do this. once a week, twice a month.

  • B. Fly

    I've read this elsewhere about cayenne pepper, but I'm still kinda nervous to try it.

  • 2FacedGeminie

    I noticed this in ORS temple balm.

  • Lakasha

    I just mixed cayenne with castor oil and massaged my scalp this morning. It only TINGLED the first time using it. Now I don't even feel it. I may have used too much the first time. I can't say I've seen too much of a difference since its only been a month.

  • LW

    I mix MN, cayenne pepper and EVOO. an inch per month so far

  • Anonymous

    EVOO is that extra virgin olive oil?

  • B.Stone

    I mixed loads of cayenne in EVOO, boiled the infusion, strained, then mixed in more cayenne, let it sit for a while, then strained. My scalp must not be sensitive, though, because while it tingled in the beginning,sorta itched, it barely does so, now. Overall, my hair still only grew 1/2 inch a month, which is average or so I've been told, so it didn't do a whole lot. The paste seems more effective, but I only wash my hair 2/week.

  • lilmssmartypants

    Here are my secrets for long afro hair. All these products stop breakage.
    1)Giovanni deep moisture shampoo
    2) Amla/Brahmi powder
    3) extra virgin olive oil
    4) Shea butter
    5)Aubrey organics protein conditioner
    6) extra virgin organic coconut oil by nutiva

    7) Healthy vegetarian diet- drinking only water, hot and iced tea. I eat two servings of fruit everyday, bran cereal in the morning, soy and veggies for dinner.
    8) Running on the treadmill for an hour a day and using weights to tone up and shed pounds.

    I defintely see a difference from 2006 since I switched all my hair products. However, It's sad that it takes so long to see a difference. I guess by the time I finish grad school(three years) it should be mid back length.